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October 1st, 2011

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Saturday, October 1st, 2011 04:42 pm
It's that time of the year again!

From September 4, 2010 to September 4, 2011 I...
...completed several new Attoparsec projects (Lightsuit, etched brass fan, artificial window, Skinner Box)
...started working on the Hexapod, a project bigger than anything I've attempted before
...revisited and successfully completed the Kalamazoo
...started down the slippery slope towards management at work
...got a team together to compete in April Tools
...got paid for a customized Attoparsec project by a complete stranger for the first time
...designed a circuit board and sold it as a (somewhat) mass-produced product
...completed 10 years of (almost) daily entries to my personal journal

It's funny, in many ways this has been my most satisfying year in a very long time. I'm feeling very... centered. (From people's changing reactions to me, I think it shows, too. Confidence is sexy!) But the list above is one of the most anemic I've posted in the 9 years I've been doing this. I guess I'm just not flailing randomly in all directions looking for self-identity anymore, so all the crazy stuff I'm doing is more or less the same type of thing. At least I'm still doing crazy stuff!

While my track record for predictions here isn't great (life is what happens while you're making other plans...), I think the next year will be more of the same. I want to continue working to make Attoparsec a visible brand for my projects, laying down the groundwork for my very long term plan to eventually make a living at it. The hexapod continues to be my primary ongoing goal, even when I'm working on other things to clear my head. There is a lot else I could be working on, but in the end that more than anything else has the potential to really showcase what I want to be doing.